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Company History:

  • 2013

    Consumer Credit Compliance was founded

    • Founded by directors Ian Beardmore and David Petty

      When responsibility was moved over from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), an increasing set of tougher standards were introduced. As a response to the changes in the marketplace that were occurring in the consumer credit industry, Directors Ian Beardmore and David Petty established Consumer Credit Compliance in 2013, which would eventually develop into The Compliance Company.

  • 2014

    Worked with over 1,200 clients

    • Worked on a variety of documents including FCA Applications, post-authorisation and more

      Since October 2014 CCC have worked with over 1,200 clients assisting them with their FCA application and post-authorisation. We continue to provide Ongoing Compliance Services across a variety of sectors, assisting clients with maintaining their compliance requirements and meeting the FCA‘s threshold conditions.

  • 2017

    Consumer Credit Compliance expands its permissions

    • Our Consumer Credit activities gain new permissions

      Consumer Credit Compliance gains new permissions including: Debt Counselling & Debt Adjusting.

  • 2018

    The company continues to grow and diversify

    • New compliance specialist employed

      Consumer Credit Compliance employs a new consultant who specialises in Consumer Credit, GDPR and Claims Management.

    • Claims Management Compliance is launched

      A bespoke and dedicated support service for claims management companies is launched called Claims Management Compliance.

    • Consumer Credit Compliance Training launched its first e-Learning course

      Consumer Credit Compliance launches an e-Learning course through its sister company, Consumer Credit Compliance Training.

    • Insurance Mediation Permissions Granted

      Consumer Credit Compliance adds new permissions in Insurance Mediation to their regulated activities with the FCA.

    • Appointed Representative Network is launched

      Consumer Credit Compliance becomes a Principal firm, able to oversee FCA requirements for other firms within their AR Network.

    • New consultant employed

      Consumer Credit Compliance employs a new consultant who specialises in Insurance Mediation, GDPR and Claims Management.

  • 2019

    The Compliance Company is launched

    • Worked with over 2,500 clients

      We are delighted to announce that following an overwhelming period of business growth, we can now offer a comprehensive compliance service for businesses across all sectors, no longer focusing on just consumer credit.

      The Compliance Company will act as an Umbrella Company to our 7 core services, which now comprise of: Consumer Credit Compliance, Claims Management Compliance, Insurance Compliance, GDPR Compliance, Appointed Representative Network, Compliance Training and Compliance Software.

  • 2020

    The Compliance Company - Continues To Expand And Grow

    • New Group Operations Director Employed

      The Compliance Company has employed an experienced Group Operations Director to help take the business to the next level

    • Opens New Offices In Leeds City Centre

      The Compliance Company continues to grow and has opened a new office in the prime position on 1 Park Row, Leeds City centre.

    • As our company gains more experience, our levels of expertise also increase

      Our experienced team of Compliance Experts blend their backgrounds and experience, with effective knowledge from various sectors, including the motor vehicle trade, retail, equipment hire, telecommunications, IT, customer service and business development to consistently deliver an effective guidance and support network for our clients.

    • Appointment of new Managing Director

      Following the appointment of Samantha Connor as Group Operations Director in January, Sam has been appointed as our new Managing Director.

    • New Client & Partnership Manager

      In a year of continued growth, Chris Payne has joined us as our new Client & Partnership Manager.

    • Advisory Services

      Since 2019 we have been building our client base and developing our Advisory Services offering. The Compliance Company Advisory Services was formally launched in November 2020 and is here to assist firms looking to assure their regulatory outcomes and business goals.

  • 2021

    The Compliance Company Continues Its Strategic Growth and Expansion

    • February 2021

      The Compliance Company acquires BMR Compliance Ltd. Bev Robertson, owner of BMR Compliance Ltd joins The Compliance Company team as Regulatory Director specialising in assisting Insurance Firms with their regulatory obligations and compliance.

      Bev formed BMR Compliance Ltd in 2005 and has looked after the compliance needs of firms across the UK for 16 years.

    • May 2021

      The Compliance Company Group continues to develop and sold its Appointed Representative network.

    • September 2021

      The Compliance Company continues expanding with new General Insurance expert Michelle Cannon joining the team as Regulatory Consultant

  • 2022

    The Compliance Company Makes 2022 Another Year of Growth and Expansion

    • April 2022

      The Compliance Company brings in new Senior Regulatory Consultant, Brogan Buckley, who brings years of experience in consumer credit having worked at the Financial Conduct Authority and other regulatory consultancies.

    • June 2022

      The Compliance Company secures a £200,000 loan from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, which is managed by Mercia and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to aid in the expansion and growth plans of the business.

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The Compliance Company - About Us

Since October 2014 we have worked with over 2,500 clients assisting them with their FCA application and post-authorisation and we continue to provide support to around 300 clients, assisting them to maintain their ongoing compliance requirements and meet the FCA‘s threshold conditions.


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Meet the Team

Ian Beardmore

Ian Beardmore

Chairman & Co-Founder

Ian has more than 19 years’ experience in the compliance industry and during that time has become a well-respected member of the finance and insurance sectors.

He has now taken a backseat and is not at the forefront of the day-to-day operations, however he is still at the heart of The Compliance Company.

Ian is also a Director at the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants (APCC) and is their former Chair, he is also a regular speaker at financial and trade association conferences.

Ian meets regularly with the FCA to discuss how the Association can work with them to improve communication to their members and ultimately to the regulated firms, he also meets with representatives within the FCA’s various teams to promote collaborative thinking and endeavouring to ensure the right balance between compliance and commercial challenges are addressed.

Samantha Connor

Samantha Connor

Managing Director

Samantha joined us with extensive experience in operational management. Samantha spent over 5 years at another compliance company which she saw grow from 2 members of staff to nearly 30. Samantha has spent the last 2 years as Head of Operations of a Manchester-based property developer in which Samantha saw a team of 8 expand to a team of over 20.

Having joined us in January 2020 as Group Operations Director, Samantha was appointed Managing Director in July 2020.

Samantha is responsible for driving the business forward and engaging with the team and the wider industry to advance The Compliance Company and our already stellar reputation.

Julia Cooper

Julia Cooper

Regulatory Director

Julia is an experienced compliance professional, having worked for the Claims Management Regulator for 8 years, eventually specialising in Financial Products and Services. Here, Julia developed a good understanding of the Industry and its compliance requirements, engaging and supporting businesses. Julia was on the first team of PPI auditors that became the Financial Services Team and held the post of Senior Claims Management Officer for 4 years.

Since leaving the Claims Management Unit in 2016, Julia has consulted to a number of businesses within the Claims Management Sector and sat, briefly, as Chair of the Executive Board at the Alliance of Claims Companies. In 2018 she helped several Companies implement GDPR standards and took up employment as Head of Compliance at one of the top 5 PPI firms, We Fight Any Claim. Julia specialises in data protection compliance (GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018) as well as direct marketing compliance (Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003).

Julia holds an LLB Law Degree from the University of Derby, where she is based. She was selected to represent the University in the English Speaking Union’s National Mooting Competition. Julia’s experience from her time working for the Claims Management Regulator and knowledge of the FCA’s Claims Management: Conduct of Business Sourcebook (CMCOB) can support businesses through the transfer of Regulation. Julia is well known to, and highly regarded, in the Claims Management Industry.

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Brogan Buckley

Brogan Buckley

Senior Regulatory Consultant

Brogan is an experienced senior compliance professional with over 9 years of regulatory experience. Having started her career working for the UK’s conduct regulator for financial services firms and financial markets, the Financial Conduct Authority, Brogan developed an understanding across the board of financial regulation and specialised as a case officer reviewing applications for firms and individuals wishing to become authorised predominantly in the Consumer Credit sector.

Brogan was involved in the takeover of Consumer Credit clients from the Office of Fair Trading to the FCA in 2014 where she assisted firms in applying for authorisation, using the FCA system, understanding how regulation will apply and eventually decision making on firm’s applications. This gave her an FCA’s perspective on the UK regulation and allows her to assist firms to this effect.

After her time at the FCA, Brogan worked as a generalist senior compliance consultant for two reputable consultancies where she assisted firms across the Financial Services sector where she guided firms on compliance monitoring, policies and procedures, authorisation application and general regulatory queries.

Louise Thom

Louise Thom

Regulatory Consultant

Louise is a Graduate in Law and Business. Her background is in Consumer Protection Law, having worked as a Consumer Advisor and Fair-Trading Officer within Nottingham, Derby and Suffolk County Councils. Louise was contracted to the Claims Management Unit in 2010 when it operated a Consumer Support Team, then later was appointed to the Financial Claims Team. Louise is well versed in Claims Management legislation and has supported a number of Firms over the years in ensuring their compliance with CAPR. Louise was headhunted to join the CMC Team here at The Compliance Company and assist Clients in the transition from the CMR to the FCA.  Since joining the Team, Louise has successfully supported many Firms through the application process.






Michelle Cannon

Michelle Cannon

Regulatory Consultant

Michelle has worked in the insurance industry since 2001, working for several GI brokers in various roles including Personal and Commercial Lines Advisor, Quality Assurance Assessor, Area Conduct Officer and Head of Risk and Compliance before joining The Compliance Company in September 2021. She started her journey in insurance as an audio typist and, after witnessing many interesting practices being carried out by staff of all levels, she knew that eventually compliance was the path she wanted to follow.

Michelle studied for her English Degree with the Open University and more recently the International Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance with the ICA.

Chris Payne

Chris Payne

Client & Partnership Manager

Chris joined The Compliance Company in October 2020 having worked for another compliance consultancy for over 5 years. Chris not only brings a wealth of experience in finding regulatory solutions for a wide variety of firms but also enjoyed a 15-year career in retail banking. This means that Chris has a depth of practical regulatory experience, having occupied roles as a mortgage advisor, commercial lending and insurance advisor.  This industry insight gives Chris the unique position of having worked in roles which must navigate industry regulation.

This experience makes Chris a great asset to have on the team. Chris will be working with clients and key partners to ensure we provide a holistic, expert approach to deliver a service that is second to none.






Karen Harland

Karen Harland

Regulatory Reporting Advisor

Karen joined The Compliance Company in April 2019. Karen assists our clients with their Regulatory Reporting and standard data changes.

Karen’s experience with FCA online systems has made her the go to for all things Connect, Gabriel and RegData.


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson

Financial Controller

Rebecca joined the company in April 2020 as our Financial Controller. Rebecca has vast experience within financial services and her last role was as Reconciliation Team Leader within a high street bank where she was also responsible for all the internal accounts. Whilst bringing up her family, Rebecca worked in different settings gaining lots of experience which she brings to The Compliance Company.

Kirsty Riley

Kirsty Riley

Regulatory Administrator

Kirsty joined The Compliance Company in September 2021 in a newly created role of Regulatory Administrator.

Kirsty has over 12 years of customer service experience in a range of areas. Kirsty’s experience has grown over roles in sales, administration and law. In her role, Kirsty assists the Regulatory Consultancy team and helps them to deliver our high quality services.

Lewis Steward

Lewis Steward


Lewis joined us as Administrator in April 2021. Lewis has worked in financial services firms for over 6 years and more recently worked in a brand strategy, wholesale and digital innovation business.

Lewis’s experience ranges from general administration, sales and marketing, accounts and customer service. Lewis assists the team in maintaining the high customer service standards we have and is here to assist our clients with anything they may need.

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